Cayton Bay: the beautiful horse shoe-shaped bay 5 miles south of Scarborough is home to sand, seals and lot of surfing. Let's give you a run down of the breaks at Cayton AKA home:
Starting at the south side of Cayton Bay we come to Bunkers. So named for the world war 2 concrete lookout posts that fringe the break . Something of a classic when it's on is Caytons most surfed and infamous break. It only works well two hours either side of high tide when there is enough water covering the outer reef and this lets the swell through focusing it directly onto a large horseshoe shaped sand bar. It has both lefts and rights and when on fire can dish out some of the best beach break barrels on the east coast. Size wise it start working from about 1.5 feet upwards and its optimum size is in the 3-5 feet range. It can work much bigger on classic swells but bigger swells on normal days often see close outs and punishing paddle outs, although it's all worth the effort if you get locked into a Bunkers top to bottom barrel. Always at its best the two hours running up to high water .
Best wind - SW
Best tide - High Tide
Best swell direction - NW - NE
Pump house -
Just over to the left side of Cayton Bay is Pump House so named after the old water pumping station that fronts the break . Works at all stages of tides but is without question much better on lower tides. On classic days Pump House can resemble a French beach break dishing out barrels and beatings in equal abundance. Normal days sees a mixture of fast racey peaks with the odd close out . The left is usually better than the right as the righthander can deliver you right in the middle of Pump House rocks which is not too pleasurable. The good thing about Pump House is on good low tide days when the North Bay is packed it can be much quieter alternative indeed. The waves are peaks and never seem to break in the same place twice which spreads the lineup over a wide area thus crowding is never a problem. On rare SE swells it can be pure joy if the winds are offshore and the rights can sometimes swing right around the rocks in almost a reef break fashion.
Cayton Reef -
Way out beyond Bunkers lies Cayton reef. It's way further than it looks from the beach and generally way bigger too. When Bunkers starts maxing out the reef comes into its own . What often looks perfect from the shore can turn into a test of endurance and nerve. Huge looming peaks with equally big walls and barrels detonate far out to sea. Getting caught inside is absolutely guaranteed and thus it's one of the most difficult spots to line up at . Waves can be seen coming miles away when your sat out there and when one lands on your head you'll remember that day for a long time as there is nowhere to put your feet down and the beach is a good 15 minute paddle away. When this happens be calm because it happens a lot at the reef. That said with a large solid stacked swell with little or no winds you might get the wave of your year and be checking it for the rest of your life. Our tip here is paddle way way out be extra patient then pick off the biggest bomb of the day . The takeoff is intense the drops big and reef is never too far under the water but all in all its sometimes totally worth it . Be extra aware of your ability your along way from help . Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.
Best wind - calm no wind
Best tide - mid tide pushing ( suicide at low water avoid at all costs )
Best swell direction - N, NE , E
So that's the line up. Remember: surfing at Cayton is a joy for all, let's keep the respect up: don't drop in on people, don't paddle round people and make sure you clean up any mess you make on the beach. It's a team effort folks! See you in the water....